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The Zadkine Museum is one of the most interesting free museums in Paris. This museum is dedicated to sculptor Ossip Zadkine, who used to live and work in this house with his wife.

An unexpected little house in the middle of Paris, not far from the Luxembourg Garden, Ossip Zadkine described his ‘hidden treasure’ with the following words:

Viens voir ma folie d’Assas, et tu comprendras combien la vie d’un homme peut être changée à cause d’un pigeonnier, à cause d’un arbre

‘Come to see my Assas’ crazy thing (on Assas Street), and you will understand how much a man’s life can change because of a pigeonnier, because of a tree.’

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About Ossip Zadkine

Ossip Zadkine (1890 – 1967) was a Russian sculptor who settled in Paris in 1910. He was one of most representative artists of the École de Paris; an institution made up of foreign artists that chose Paris to live and work. 

Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise

Zadkine was strongly influenced by primitivism, and later in his career, he went through a cubist period, taking his inspiration from Greek and Roman classical art. There are some sculptures from Zadkine in Paris, but the bronze sculpture of Van Gogh at Auvers-Sur-Oise is his most popular work.

Zadkine’s Studio

Zadkine’s Artwork

Zadkine arrived at Montparnasse in 1909. After some time here and there, he moved with his wife, also a painter, to this studio at rue d’ Assas in Paris 6.

At that time, Paris 6 was one of Paris’s preferred Paris districts to live and hang out for writers, artists, and bohemians in general who did not have much money. Zadkine and his wife lived and worked in this house until their last days.

After Zadkine’s death, the house was turned into a museum. The museum shows today the most representative works of the artist (sculptures and pictures).

The most interesting part of the museum is the sculpture workshop, where you can see his biggest artworks and pictures showing how Zadkine worked there. 

The workshop is linked to the house by a  cute little garden. Zadkine’s house is a little piece of heaven in Paris.

Zadkine Museum Paris – Practical Info

Address: 100 bis rue d’Assas; Metro station Vanvin, Line 4; Vélib Station #6.008

The museum opens Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

A few years ago, the entrance to the Zadkine Museum was always free. Now, the entrance to the museum is free as long as there’s no temporary exhibition. During the temporary exhibitions, the ticket to the museum costs 10€.

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  • Norbert Micus
    09/16/2016 at 7:53 am

    I like those “background places”. I collected already some, this is new for me, thanks for posting.

    • WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:19 pm

      You are welcome, Norbert 🙂

  • Christine Maguire (@thetraveloguer)
    09/13/2016 at 4:39 pm

    What a great thing to do in Paris, I had never heard of Zadkine before. His work, and his house, look really cool

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:44 am

      It is and it can be visited for free 😉

  • Mary - A Mary Road
    09/12/2016 at 10:53 pm

    What an interesting history to share. Thanks for highlight uncommon must sees in Paris!

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:45 am

      cool that you liked it 🙂

  • Jem
    09/12/2016 at 7:16 pm

    Sounds like Paris was a haven for artists. What would this world be like without Paris?

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:48 am

      artists, writers . . . it must have been a very inspiring period Paris at that time!

  • Evan kristine
    09/12/2016 at 10:05 am

    Oh man, such a bummer I didn’t know about this when I visited Paris! I love visiting odd places like this 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:48 am

      so you have to come back 🙂

  • Diana
    09/12/2016 at 2:33 am

    How interesting! I’m really glad you included some descriptions of the sculptures because it helps me understand the sculptures a lot better 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:49 am

      thanks 🙂

  • Juliette @ Snorkels to Snow
    09/11/2016 at 11:22 pm

    With Paris as a backdrop it would be hard not to be inspired as an artist! I do love works inspired by Greek & Roman art though.

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:49 am

      yes, paris is a source of inspiration for many people!

  • Yenor
    09/11/2016 at 10:12 pm

    Interesting read and photos. Thanks for sharing

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:50 am

      you are welcome 🙂

  • Punita Malhotra
    09/11/2016 at 12:11 pm

    A little sculpture studio, hidden somewhere…few of us have the luxury to discover hidden gems like these on our first trips, but as we revisit places, it becomes so much easier, doesn’t it?

    • WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:50 am

      yes! so that means you have to come back to paris 🙂